NY comedian Randy Credico targeted in Russia investigation over 'links to Assange'
Date Written: 28/11/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
New York comedian Randy Credico has become the unlikely focus of the US government's Russia investigation. He believes the US is trying to use him as a pawn to undermine WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been dubbed a "demon" by the CIA director.
Credico's advocacy for national security whistleblowers who exposed secret government torture, assassination, and mass surveillance programs in the years following 9/11 led to him hosting Assange on his former radio show 'Live on the Fly,' which aired on the Pacifica affiliate WBAI in August 2015. Several subsequent interviews also took place, along with a series titled 'Assange: Countdown to Freedom' which featured high-profile whistleblowers advocating for Assanges release.
"I had to build an audience at a moribund station and I got 65 percent of the traffic," Credico said. "I had a popular international show because it was tweeted out by WikiLeaks and Anonymous Scandinavia and I got a huge international following."
The rumors that Credico had acted as some kind of messenger between Stone and Assange are potentially a major part of why the comedian is being sought by the committee. In September, Stone testified before the committee about his contacts with WikiLeaks and a tweet that seemed to suggest he had prior knowledge of the Podesta email leak, which was ultimately published by WikiLeaks. He denied colluding with the Russian government and said that all of his contacts with Assange had been conducted through an "intermediary."
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